Ah, the holidays. Time to try to get gifts for every single important person in your life, despite not knowing WTF they want (and they really need nothing). Even harder is coming up with what you yourself want, since it feels like you have a million ideas of what you’d want as a holiday gift, until the moment someone asks for your wish list, when it all goes blank. Well, we’re here to help you in that department. I polled the team at Betches for their holiday must-haves. Here’s what’s on our wish list for 2020.
Sami, Co-Founder And Co-Host of Diet Starts Tomorrow
Extend the length of your towel sitting sessions with a towel wrap that stays up. Also, I am a sucker for a floral design. Since I last checked, the price has gone down to $25 which gives you a better reason to buy it.
Since I am not leaving my house this winter, December in New York aromas will have to come to me.
Perfect for astrology lovers and people who like to think about themselves, because it comes with a whole blurb about your date of birth that describes your personality. Mine was 100% on point and no one has paid me to say that.
For those in apartment living who want to simulate a bbq, this is the closest you’ll get this winter.
Ok, I technically bought this for myself (from the hotel on my honeymoon), but it’s the most comfortable robe I’ve ever worn and is extremely soft. I get questions about it on Insta story whenever I wear it.
Aleen, Co-Founder & Co-Host of Diet Starts Tomorrow
Nostalgia is so hot right now, and what could be better than a nameplate necklace that mixes throwback with self-involvement? There’s also a gothic font option if you can’t leave the 90s in the past.
Never worry about killing another plant again because these are self-watering planters. See mom, I don’t kill everything I touch!
I know the price tag seems scary, but this is the best at-home facial. Odds of being able to get in-person facials this winter seem slim, so it might be time to invest.
Jordana, Co-Founder & Co-Host Of U Up?
My top priorities this year are soothing my anxiety and getting a good night’s sleep, so this is pretty perfect for that.
I need something to take on my morning walks where I don’t have to carry a cap and that won’t leak. I need to be able to take a quick sip before putting the mask back on, and I’m hoping this will do the trick.
I”m planning on having a very inactive social life this winter, and puzzles are a great way to relax without looking at a screen.
Ashley, Director, Content & Strategy
I forgot how to do makeup over quarantine and this will help when I’m trying to cover all my maskne.
Theragun Prime, $299
Since the only thing to do is workout from home, this will help with recovery. You probably don’t want to be getting an in-person massage right now, just saying.
Brittany, Art Director & Manager of @betchesmoms
“Washable silk” sounds like an oxymoron, but I promise it isn’t. Might as well invest in fancy pajamas since we have no chance to wear fancy clothes anywhere.
Abbot Kinney Lounge Pant, $158
Tie. Dye. Sweat. Set. The motto of 2020.
Jessie makes amazing art and home decor, and it’s original art that you’re not going to see in all your friends’ houses because they got it from Target.
Juicy Couture Anniversary Hoodie, $149.50,
& Anniversary Velour Pant, $99
My mom never let me have one of these in middle school, and now I know why! But, I mean, look at how beautiful it is. And I’m putting it on this wish list because I obviously can’t justify spending that much money myself on a throwback piece.
I regret to inform you that quarantine has forced me to become one of those people who (*pauses for dramatic effect*) runs outside. And with the weather getting colder, keeping your ears warm is key.
Onto things I will actually use: this pineapple and jalapeño infused tequila. As a person who likes spicy margaritas but is too lazy to invest in ingredients like Cointreau and real limes, this will make a good addition to my bar cart (that is actually just a shelf in my freezer, but whatever).
Dylan, Assistant Editor
Ugg Blanket, $98
Now that we’re getting to the cold part of quarantine, you need to be as comfy as possible at all times. Since you can’t actually wear your Uggs in bed, this blanket is the next best thing.
Nintendo Switch Lite, $199.99
I successfully avoided buying one of these in the spring, but nine months later, I’m still f*cking bored. Can’t hurt!
Shop Betches Candle, $3o
Obviously we’re all spending a lot of time at home right now, so why not spruce up your space with this candle that smells great, and is also topical?
Nicole, Marketing Manager & Co-Host of Betches Brides
Let’s face it—you’re not going anywhere exciting soon because of 2020, so you might as well splurge on items that make you comfortable from your couch. This Barefoot Dreams robe is a bit expensive for a robe, but I can assure you that it will change the course of your life. It’s the softest thing I’ve ever touched. There’s a reason the Kardashians are also obsessed with this brand. If you’re like me and already own 12 different robes, you could opt for a blanket instead. Get this for the ultimate lounger in your life or yourself.
Brooklinen Sheets, From $99
2020 has made me realize it’s important to invest in my bed. I can’t describe how much of a difference quality sheets on your bed make—just trust me on this. Also, they’re a good gift for couples for whom you don’t know what TF to get this year.
The money tree is symbolic of good fortune and prosperity, which we could all use more of. Get this for the person in your life who needs that extra spark of motivation, and also just wants a cool decoration to put next to their WFH station. Also, it’s a low-maintenance plant, meaning you won’t kill it as you did with all your other plants. But let me be clear—if I don’t hit the lottery after buying this, I’m returning it (JK).
Kelsey, AE Brand Partnerships
LLB Pile Fleece Vest, $89
It just looks really cozy and is perfect for layering and outdoor activities, which are the only activities I will be doing this year!
I’m going to need a lightweight jacket to run outside in, again, cause I’ll only be able to be outside, and this will make sure I’m seen on the roads when it’s dark at 4pm. Plus, it’s cute.
Matching Sweatshirt, $119
I’ve only been wearing yoga pants, so the joggers will switch it up, plus it’s a fun, bright color which might put me in a better mood than wearing all black. Also looks cozy chic to me!
New Balance Fresh Foam Sneakers, $149.99
Threw in an extra—I already bought these, but it feels like stepping/running on a springboard and is the fluffiest comfiest thing ever, plus ankle support—worth the investment!
Sean, Podast Manager
I’ve been waiting for someone to get me this sweatshirt since I first heard about it being called “the greatest hoodie ever made.” Sadly, no one loves me enough to take the hint, so this year I finally exercised a little #selfcare and ordered one for myself. This thing is amazing. It lives up to the hype. Don’t let your loved ones go unloved this year (like I did) and get them a quality US-made hoodie.
Every holiday season has that one must-have item. Some years it’s an annoying talking Elmo doll. Other years, it’s a different annoying talking Elmo doll. Most years, it’s whatever Frozen merch my niece seems to be clamoring for. This year, it’s the Friends Advent Calendar. But one thing is guaranteed every year: I will always wait too long to order the must-have gift and be left kicking myself. If you manage to find this Friends advent calendar in stock somewhere online, please DM me and I’ll be forever grateful. Complete with 40 keepsakes, I can think of little else that would bring this much joy to my holiday season.
Playstation 5, From $399.99
Speaking of must-have items for the holiday season, look no further than the Playstation 5. This is a perfect example of “you always want what you can’t have.” Playstation has been around forever, and I haven’t bought one since they originally came out in 1996. So when I heard about the new console being released, it didn’t really excite me. Then I heard about the low supply due to COVID and I immediately had to have one. If you’re trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone (most likely someone that’s driving you crazy in quarantine and needs a new hobby) look no further than the impossible-to-get PS5. Available online only this season, there are already countless stories of people getting one into their checkout cart, only to have it go out of stock before they could even click ‘next’. I’ve tried and failed to get one several times now. If you can somehow pull it off, you will be crowned the queen of Christmas this year. Best of luck to you all.
Kristin, Sales & Brand Partnerships
I am obsesssssed with TULA. You can’t go wrong with any of their products. Their 24/7 Moisturizer is legitimately the best thing ever. Their website also has a dedicated holiday section right now with some bundle discount gifts.
For the tea lovers in your life, this gift keeps on giving for a very reasonable price. They’ll get four personalized teas a month chosen based on their preferences.
With a name like that, how could you not get it for someone? This frame works with any iPhone or Instagram pic and is perfect for all the couples you know who just got engaged.
Abby, Graphic Designer
Be honest, you’re going to wear this every single day from here on out.
This nostalgic instant camera will transport you to happier times, like when you could legally be in the same room as total strangers.
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If I relate to any fictional character, it’s Schitt’s Creek’s Alexis Rose, who wears an ensemble to her court-mandated community service. I, too, dress up regardless of where I’m going, but in these trying times, I haven’t left my apartment in *checks calendar* a long f*cking time, and I don’t want to waste an outfit if the only people who see me are the frat boys who live in the apartment across the street. However, I refuse to wear my floor-length bathrobe and magenta Uggs all day because I am a firm believer in look good, feel good, and it’s hard to feel like a boss when I look like Tony Soprano pre-coffee. Seriously, if we are going to be staying in our homes for what looks like the foreseeable future, it’s important to make yourself and your home as aesthetically pleasing as possible.
So because I have paused my Rent The Runway account and the only clothes I own are jeans and oversized T-shirts, I have decided to invest in loungewear that is both cute and extremely comfortable. Again, I’m not trying to impress anyone with my outfits because no one can see me, but if you are like me, you feel more productive and useful when you get dressed in actual clothes, rather than just chilling in whatever you slept in. So, between reading emails and pretending to pay attention in Zoom meetings, I scoured the internet for quality loungewear and these are my favorite things that I’m excited to live in for the next quarter.
Aerie Plush Jogger, $23
I got these joggers over the summer and am shocked they’re still in stock, because they’re the most comfortable item I own. I don’t like to be swimming in sweats, so I sized down and they fit a little more snuggly than pictured above, but you do you. Here’s how amazing these are: my incredibly bougie boy toy thought they were cashmere. I’d also like to add that I am pretty tall and these are way more high-waisted than they are on the model above, but I like them that way because I can wear a cropped tee with them and not feel like a wannabe TikTok star.
Alo Yoga Ombre Legging, $59
I have these in every color and have never worked out in them because these are my lounge leggings. If someone told me they’re made of silk and clouds, I’d believe it. Truth be told, I like my leggings to be a little bit sculpting because I feel like I’m wearing a fitted sheet otherwise, but these are neither light nor sculpting. However, they work because the material is thick enough that when I bend over because I spilled pancake mix all over the floor, no one can see my bare ass. Highly recommend.
American Apparel Peppered Fleece Cropped Pullover, $36
When my former roommate broke our lease and abruptly moved out, I
made sure to keep forgot to give back her American Apparel sweatshirt. However, because karma is a b*tch, I leaned against a freshly painted pillar on the subway platform and properly ruined the sweatshirt. Luckily, American Apparel has a storefront on Amazon and, not only did I replace it, but I bought it in every color! It’s easy to just throw on, it’s super soft and, unless you dunk it in wet paint, holds up pretty well.
Lunya Washable Silk Set, $178
I know this set is super expensive for pajamas, but hear me out. My roommate got me the Slip silk pillowcase for my birthday and I didn’t realize how amazing silk was until I slept on this pillowcase. Silk is cooling, obviously very soft, so light and just all-around amazing. The only problem with silk is that it’s hard to wash if you’re a peasant and don’t go to the dry cleaners for your PJs. These, however are washable and, may I add, so worth the price. They’re so f*cking comfortable and you can even wear them out once the world returns to regular programming. I’ve definitely tucked this top into a pair of high-waisted Levi’s and called it a day.
Target Striped Perfectly Cozy Lounge Pajama Shorts, $14.99
I don’t have to tell you that everything Target sells is amazing, but I will say, these shorts are no exception. They’re made from Target’s super secret Perfectly Cozy material, which explains why they are so comfortable. I proudly own the matching sweatshirt and am proudly wearing this set as I sit here writing this story.
P.J. Salvage Peachy Long Sleeve Top, $60
I swear I don’t mean this in a bad way, but the material is actually really thin, which I appreciate because waffled tops generally activate all of my sweat glands. This one is super soft and a tiny bit sheer, which is fine if you are also alone in your apartment. P.J. Salvage is famous for its super-soft materials and this oversized top is no exception. This top runs a little big, so size down if you don’t want it to double as a short dress.
Wildfox Tennis Club Sweatpants, $36
I could be wrong, but I feel like after Juicy Couture exited the scene, Wildfox promptly took its place. I have a few pairs of the signature Tennis Club sweats and I love them. They’re so soft and, I don’t know how, but incredibly flattering on my butt. It’s not just me, though. A few of my friends have said the same. They are perfect for times like these when you can’t leave.
Sarah Liller Penelope Jumpsuit, $128
Is it crazy to drop so much on a jumpsuit that’s so soft it feels like pajamas? I mean, I’ve definitely stress-impulse-bought worse things. This jumpsuit is, as I previously mentioned, so f*cking soft and comfortable. And I know that some of you may come at me for promoting actual clothes during these times, but this is where you’re wrong. Less pieces to put on and take off = less effort. You can wear this on your Zoom meeting to look professional, then you can fall asleep on your couch in it, and you can even wear it outside of the house (if we are ever allowed to do that again).
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In case you haven’t noticed, it’s basically 2004 again. There’s a republican in The White House, Mischa Barton’s sex tape is being shopped around, Hailey Baldwin’s wearing UGGs and Spencer Pratt is relevant. I haven’t been this thrilled since Paris and Nicole cut the shit and became friends again. TBH, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Bella Hadid rocking a coffin-shaped French manicure in a matter of weeks. Here’s hoping she uploads a photo of it on Myspace.
But before you do anything drastic like hook up with a guy wearing Puka shells, remember that it is, in fact, still 2017, and this is not a free-for-all. We’re pretty much getting the chance to relive the most ridiculous fashion era in history, but with better eyebrows and fewer staged crotch shot scandals. Also, instead of hosting season one of The Apprentice, Donald Trump is now the president. Mazel.
But if we really want to properly honor the return of the early 2000s, it’s time to revive the betchiest outfit of all time: the velour tracksuit.
As a middle schooler, there was literally nothing betchier than wearing a $100 velour hoodie. Except for wearing a $200 velour hoodie that was twice the price because it had a rhinestone pineapple and the words “California Royalty” on the back. Celebs wore them to scheduled photo-ops shop at Kitson, and you wore them to sip Frappuccinos at the mall with girls you kind of hated from your cheerleading team. Juicy tracksuits were the OG betch uniform.
On the other hand, wearing a velour tracksuit without a “J” zipper pull was social suicide. To put it into 2017 terms, velour sweats from like, Old Navy were as bad as having an Android. Things have definitely changed, though. Meaning you can now wear velour that’s not Juicy. But please get your green text bubbles away from me. However, with more brands come more choices (deep) so here’s a roundup of all the 2017 velour tracksuits and how to feel about them.
1. Danielle Guizio – Guizio Velour Tracksuit
Danielle Guizio dresses Victoria’s Secret models, so everything she touches basically turns to rose gold. The Guizio Velour Tracksuit has a cropped jacket so you can subtly brag about the tiny waist you got at SoulCycle. (Or your last Adderall bender. Whatever.)
2. Vetements x Juicy Couture
Okay, so obviously Juicy was going to make it on this list somewhere, so if you want to pay $2K for something your mom wore to pick you up from middle school, now’s your chance. Vetements is totally obsessed with getting us to pay thousands of dollars for shit you can buy at Walmart (like Champion and Carhartt). However, Juicy Couture was expensive to begin with—despite its recent appearance in KMart—so we’ll let this collab slide.
3. Fila Tracksuit
Fila definitely used to be a lame brand, but now it’s kind of acceptable because almost-relevant celebs like Pia Mia wear it. Also, as far as insanely expensive tracksuits that you could probably find buried in your high school bedroom if you really felt like looking goes, this one is pretty reasonable.
4. Juicy Couture Black Label
Black Label is a revival of the classic tracksuit. It’s basically the same as a decade ago, but with updated designs like jogger pants. There are still bootcut bottoms if you’re Paris Hilton and need a few extra inches of velour to distract from your size 11 Louboutins.
5. Forever 21 Velour Tracksuit
If you need a reason why it’s unacceptable to wear this, you’re prob a lost cause. There is absolutely no way that this shit won’t fall apart within one wash, but if you need a tracksuit for like, a Khloé Kardashian Halloween costume or to build a fire or some shit, Forever21 does have options.